The Delicate Washer

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  Put Your
Words On Spin Cycle  (posted by WhimseyGizmo)
"Write a laundry poem"

The washer skates
across the floor,
poor shaken laundry
inside.  Jumping up
and down is another
activity it enjoys.
Less than two years
old, service has been
called three times.

There are a myriad
of cycles to choose
or abuse.  Except,
I am told, 'leave it
on the same setting
for big, small, delicate–
all.'  Then why have
so many settings?  I am
betting the washer is
a lemon.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to The Delicate Washer

  1. rothpoetry says:

    This is how you turn lemons into laundry! Very well done. It made me smile!


  2. Except, I am told, ‘leave it
    on the same setting for big,
    small, delicate–all.’

    Obviously, there is a designated process to follow to make it workable. Great thoughts, Sara!



  3. I loved the movement in this. And I wonder how those poor delicates emerge?


  4. Mubashshira Rahman says:

    I loved the personification of the washer in this. Really does seem like those have a mind of their own sometimes.


  5. Ron Rowland says:

    Ha. This reminded me of when I lived in a trailer, and when the laundry load became unbalanced, the whole house (trailer) would start rocking.


  6. Beverly Crawford says:

    An unbalanced load can cause quite a stir —– in the laundry and otherwise!!


  7. whimsygizmo says:

    Heehee. We have had one of these! It seems as the years go by, the quality of the machines goes down. My mom has a very old washing machine, and her repair guy told her not to give up on it until he tells her to. Apparently it’s worth its weight in gold. 😉


  8. Put that lemon through the wringer!


  9. We just bought a new one, the last one didn’t last so many years. But apparently, there is normal quality and premium…


  10. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely stellar writing 😀 We have often had moments when the load inside the washing machine became imbalanced and it began to rock uncontrollably!


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